Dress for your shape by TaraD

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most important things on a bride’s To Do List.

It can also come with a certain amount of stress if a bride is not sure where to start of what kind of dress would look best for her body shape.

This is a very simplistic, general guideline of the main body types and some choices of dresses that would best suit each particular body type.

Rectangle Body Shape

The body is well balanced at top and bottom and is fairly straight with a well defined waist.
In this case you want to enhance your arms and legs equally; add definition to both bottom and top body.

A-line dresses work well, ruffled, sleeveless, strapless and sweetheart lines all work well.

Triangle Body Shape (commonly referred to as Pear Shape)

The body has narrow shoulder and wider hips;
Especially the butt and thigh areas which are visually bigger. You want to enhance the top body to create balance.

A-line dresses also work well for this body type.
Dresses with more details at the top work well (whether it’s ruffles or V-necklines).
Avoid skin fitting tops / loose bottom dresses.

Hourglass Body Shape

The body is equally proportioned at top and bottom with a well defined waistline.
All types of dresses will look on this body shape, but anything that accentuates the waist or just a bit below the waist works the best. Body hugging dresses look good for this body type as well.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape

The body has broader shoulders than hips and is sometimes compared to an athletic body shape.
In this case you want to enhance your hips and bottom body to create balance. Keep the top of dress simple and minimal and let all the details (ruffles, layers, accents,etc) be part of the bottom.
The old trick of the deep V-necklines also helps to elongate the top body and give the illusion of narrower shoulders.

Round Body Shape (commonly referred to as Apple Shape)

You have a heavier upper body, broad shoulders, bigger bust and heavier at midriff with a minimal waistline. Since the weight concentration is above the hips, you want to highlight your legs and bottom for balance.
Deep V-necklines work well to elongate torso and give the illusion of narrower shoulders.
A-line dresses and Empire waist dresses are your best look.
Any dress with a higher sitting waist will work well. Long sleeves and ¾ sleeves also work for the top.
Avoid figure hugging dresses (like the mermaid style dresses for example).

Here is a useful diagram we found on Reddit.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this helps!

Diana x

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Dunloe Hotel & Gardens by TaraD

The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens is set in a 64 acre estate, overlooking the beautiful Gap of Dunloe in Co. Kerry.

After its recent renovation, we had the pleasure of spending a day at the hotel, creating and directing a Wedding Inspirational Photoshoot which has since been featured in the Wedding Journal Magazine.

Our inspiration was led largely by the venue, the modern, yet sophisticated edge that it has. We co ordinated with suppliers who think outside the box, creating something different while still appealing to a wide range of brides.

We were delighted to work with some fantastic local suppliers such as Cathy Troth, who designed all the incredible headpieces for our models. I have had the pleasure of knowing Cathy even before her business began. She is an incredible artist who pays close attention to her clients needs and is able to create something special from the most random of starting points! It is inspiring to watch. So if you need a headpiece for a wedding or an event I would suggest that you give her a call!

Suzanne from Designer flowers by Kerry Wedding Flowers, who created the amazing floral bouquets! I mean have any of you ever seen something so different? WOW!

 

   

Tricia from Tricia O Sullivan hair and beauty http://kerryhairdresser.ie can literally do hair with her eyes closed. Her talents never cease to amaze me!

Likewise with Georgina who works her magic as a make up artist, you can see more of her work here https://georginamackessymakeup.com

They are a great team to work with and I always recommend them for wedding days as you need experienced, talented suppliers to make your day run smoothly!

 

The dresses were all supplied by Laura Kate’s Bridal boutique and I have honestly never seen such beautiful gowns before.

Our two amazing models Savannagh and Sarah Jane from the Norma O Donoghue model agency, showed all of our work with glamour and grace.

Thank you to all of you involved and a special thank you to the staff and management at The Dunloe for supporting our creativity and letting us explore the amazing setting that is ideal for any wedding day.

I hope some of our ideas, have given you ideas for your special day!

If you would like to see some of our real weddings at The Dunloe please contact us!

 

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A catch up with Liz and Mags from Finesse Bridalwear by TaraD

Liz and Mags from Finesse bridalwear

Tell us a bit about yourselves and your company….

We opened Finesse in January 2000 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. We are sisters Liz & Mags Horgan.  We work very well together & compliment each other very well in our business, both having our own qualities in different areas. There is a lot more to the business than just selling beautiful dresses so having both of us in the business really helps.
Our ethos from the beginning has been  to provide a memorable experience to each and every bride that visits Finesse. 17 years down the line that is still very important to both of us.

What is your favourite part of the Job?

I would have to say its meeting people. We are in a privileged position because we are meeting Ladies at a very happy time in their lives. It is really nice to be a part of their special day. Even if a bride doesn’t find the dress of her dreams with us once she has enjoyed her experience in Finesse that’s the main thing.
We have a sign in the shop that says Enter as stranger, leave as friends and I can honestly say it often works out like that!

What should a bride consider when choosing her wedding dress?

The most important thing is to keep an open mind and try on all the different styles.
When you have the style that suits your body shape decided on then concentrate on the design you would like on it.
It is important to trust your assistant, remember these ladies are serving brides for years and if they know their job they will guide you in the right direction.
Be sure not to take too many people shopping with you as the more opinions you have the more confusing it can get.

Whats the biggest mistake you’ve seen couples make?

I would think it is trying to keep up with the “Joneses” You have to remember its your day so it should be your way! Don’t worry about what other couples are or aren’t doing for their wedding. Focus on your own day and whats important to you as a couple.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are starting to plan their wedding attire?

I would advise couples to start looking well in advance, at least 1 year for the bride and 6 months for the groom.
It is advisable for the bride to choose her bridesmaid colour before the groom decides on his suits, as it may dictate what colour he chooses.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Don’t go to too many boutiques when you are looking for your dress because it really will confuse you. Two to Three boutiques would be enough as that will give you plenty of choice.
Try to enjoy your engagement and not get carried away too much because the time just flies  and before you know it you will be celebrating your 1st Anniversary!
On that note…..Happy Planning from Liz & Mags .

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